Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Night of the Budweisers! History's Best Bowling Team Screenprint

Here's a new print I made commemorating the best bowling team of all time, St. Louis' Budweisers, and their record-setting high-scoring night Wednesday March 12, 1958.
I wanted to capture as many details from that night as possible -- folksy details, statistical data, relevant logos, bowling marks, cool haircuts etc. -- into the image. Here were some sketches and reference:
Photos of Floriss Lanes (then & now), the North St. Louis bowling alley where it all took place:
The front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports section the day after, Thursday March 13, 1958. (Thanks to the folks in the SLPL microfiche room for helping me find this):
Final Sketch:
Line art:
Color separations:
A big inspiration to the poster (and my own personal technique) is Budweiser Lead-off bowler Don Carter, specifically this classic book, concisely written by Carter and beautifully illustrated / diagrammed by Anthony Ravielli:
Another big inspiration, which I watched over and over while drawing, were these videos of the Buds' anchor man Dick Weber bowling on 53rd Street outside the David Letterman show. Make sure you stick around to see Dick put a perfect pocket hit on an aquarium full of cottage cheese:

Last night in our Monday Night 'Fun' League, The Handsome Brothers (my team) needed some extra oomph against Team Pancakes so we unfurled one of these prints on the table, was careful not to spill any Bud Light or Schlafly Hefeweizen on it...
...and bowled a league high game 848!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Cut-Away Comics! #2

Finally, the follow-up to last years ornithological cliffhanger Cut-away Comics! #1. It's issue #2, and is available now in beautiful one-color black risograph ink courtesy of the fine folks at OILY Comics.
Here were some sketches / thumbnails:

The issue chronicles the further adventures of our hero John James Audubon as he attempts to learn more about some birds who live in a tree. Can you feel the excitement?!?
The issue is probably the 12 most dense mini-comics pages you'll digest all year. Get into it!!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Town Names in HGTV Magazine

Here's a piece I drew for the March issue of HGTV magazine about towns with unusual names, and their origins. My Sketch:
Final art in the magazine:
Here's a town I suggested, Hercules CA, that didn't make the cut:
The style was inspired by this old travel map I did years ago for the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
While working on this I happened to stumble upon this awesome old ESSO gasoline thermos at an antique mall and took these panoramic snapshots:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pet Prints on Parade Process Post

I was happy to make these prints for this year's 21st Annual Beggin' Pet Parade, part of the pre-Mardi Gras festivities in Soulard, and "The Guinness Record holder for the largest parade of costumed animals".
Here's a bunch of sketches and stuff that piled up on my desk like a lot of puppies. Early ideas:

Here was the first round of sketches. "Flowchart", "Gang" and "Hot Rod":

We ended up going with the Hot Rod/Dog kinda idea:
Made some tweaks to the final sketch, thanks to Greg S. and fine folks at Purina, and we were just about there:
Final Drawing:
Ink color tests:
Final vector art:
Separations on acetate:
3 colors (indigo, metallic silver, fluorescent pink) down:
And the 4th (yellow):
Thanks everyone! Hope to see you at the parade!. We're really gonna try and get our scoodle into that jester's outfit, even if he hates it.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Communications Work / Smoke Signal Comic

I had a new four-page comic in the last issue of Smoke Signal (the one with the Chris Ware cover) called COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA. Here are some sketches and behind-the-scenes materials from its construction (click for larger images). Thumbnail / layouts:
Character designs:
Reference Pics:
Other schematics:
Animated .gif showing a page's evolution from thumbnail > rough sketch > tighter sketch > inked lineart > halftoned final page > etc: